The following are contributions from CEC Member Churches, Organisations in Partnership, and others on relevant topics in bioethics and biotechnology. We make these documents available with the hope of encouraging others to contribute and everyone to benefit from the ideas, reflections, and positions from the CEC constituency.

1) Church of Greece
Mitochondrial and Golgi Apparatus’ Alterations in Alzheimer’s Disease by Prof Stavros J. Baloyannis and Professor of Neurology, Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki Medical Faculty

2) United Protestant Church of France
Declaration on the end of lifeCommuniqué

3) Bishop of Krusevac's Diocese

Human Enhancement

4) On the Human Body in Igor Kišš’s Humanized Deontology by Prof Vasil Gluchman, published in Christian Bioethics 18

5) Féderation protestante de France

Lois de bioéthique - La Féderation protestante de France attentive au débat

6) Aging - Central Bohemia Region: An analysis of questions concerning aging in the Central Bohemian region.

7) British religious leaders critical of vote to allow embryo research (ENI News Article)

8) Bioethics, Religions and the European Institutions by Christian Byk - Introduction: Religion, Bioethics and the European Debate

9) Pastoral Health Care of the Ecumenical Patriarchate

Concluding thoughts from the first International Conference for Pastoral Health Care of the Ecumenical Patriarchate

10) Economia in the Orthodox tradition

In the Eastern Orthodox tradition and in the teaching of the Church Fathers which undergirds the theology of those Churches, economy or oeconomy (Greek economia ) has several meanings

11) Ethische Überlegungen zur Forschung mit menschlichen Embryonalen Stammzellen
Wenn es um den Umgang mit menschlichen Embryonen und um die Forschung mit den daraus hergestellten menschlichen Embryonalen Stammzellen geht, dann werden grundlegende Fragen christlicher, gesellschaftlicher und staatlicher Verantwortung berührt.

12) Ethics, Science and Technology by Prof. Ulrich Körtner, Institute for Systematic Theology in Vienna

13) Ethische Überlegungen zur genetischen Diagnostik vorgelegt von der Arbeitsgruppe, „Ethische Fragen der Gentechnik“ der Evangelischen Kirche von Westfalen

14) Gentechnik Argumentationshilfe Beschluss der zweiten (ordentlichen) Tagung der 15. Landessynode der Evangelischen Kirche von Westfalen vom 31. Oktober bis zum 3. November 2005 in Bielefeld

15) Ist das Leben heilig? Karsten Lehmkühler, Intergruppe Bioethik des EU-Parlaments, Strasbourg, 18. Januar 2007.

16) Mission d'évaluation de la loi no. 2005-370 du 22 avril 2005 relative aux droits des malades et à la fin de vie Monsieur Jean Léonetti, Rapporteur, Assemblée Nationale

17) Application of Genetic Tests in Clinical Practice - Ethical and social aspects

Genetic tests have expanded the possibilities of diagnostics dramatically. It is to be expected that their relevance will further increase in the future...

18) Theologic-ethical and philosophic-ethical arguments for limited stem cell research

The Roman Catholic Church, the Orthodox Churches and some Protestant Conservative Churches are strictly critical against the research with human embryos...

19) "Menschliches Leben ist nicht patentierbar" Kirchen lehnen Patentierung embyronaler Stammzellen ab...

20) Ethische Aspekte der Nanotechnologie

Evangelische Kirche von Westfalen, Eine Stellungnahme der Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Umweltbeauftragten in der EKD (AGU)

21) Ethische Überlegungen zum Umgang mit der Präimplantationsdiagnostik

Aufgrund eines Beschlusses der Landessynode der Evangelischen Kirche von Westfalen (EKvW) setzte die Kirchenleitung der EKvW im Jahr 2001 die Arbeitsgruppe „Ethische Fragen der Gentechnik“ ein. Dieses Gremium besteht aus Angehörigen verschiedener Berufsgruppen und Fachrichtungen...

22) Plants for the Future

Plants have a unique role for the existence of all heterotrophic organisms including human population. For sustainable development it is indispensable to stop the loss of biodiversity connected with climate changes and anthropogenic activities.

23) Am Ende lieber besser als länger leben – europäische Familienverbände zur Palliativmedizin

Die Föderation der katholischen Familienverbände in Europa (FAFCE) begrüßt den Entschließungsantrag „Palliative Care“, den der Europarat am 28. Januar 2009 in Straßburg behandelt.

24) At the end it is preferable to live a better than a longer life – the European Family Associations’ comments on palliative medicine

The Federation of Catholic Family Associations in Europe (FAFCE) welcomes the resolution application “Palliative Care”, which the Council of Europe will discuss on January 28th, 2009 in Strasbourg.

25) Theosis in the Orthodox tradition

Theosis (lit. "ingodded," "becoming god," deification) in the Eastern Orthodox tradition is a vision of human potential for perfection, anticipated in ancient Greece, witnessed to in both the Old and New Testaments, and developed by Patristic Christian theologians of the first five centuries after Christ...

26) Life Before Birth A Lecture given to the Anglican and English speaking community by Richard Fischer, Executive Secretary, Church & Society Commission of CEC.

27) Report from the All-Ukrainian Council for patients rights and safety, the Association of medical workers and the All-Ukrainian Association of palliative care on NGOs in Palliative care development in the Ukraine. Studying of the situation with the palliative care development in Ukraine

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